Digger driver ‘on rampage causes £700,000 of damage’ at recycling plant
These shocking pictures show the aftermath of a rampage at a recycling plant, after a digger was used to destroy vehicles and buildings worth nearly a quarter of a million pounds.
Staff at Paynes Metal Recycling in Iver, Buckinghamshire were left picking up the pieces after a huge lorry was flipped over, a transit van smashed and an office building demolished.
The destruction took place at around 6am on Wednesday at the plant on the Court Lane Industrial Estate, the Sun reports, with the paper adding the estimated damage was £700,000.
Aerial images show the white and blue lorry on its side with its metal load strew across the plant floor, a white transit van with its roof partly torn off and the wreckage of on-site buildings smashed to pieces.
A source told The Sun: “The damage is absolutely horrific — it’s a big clean-up job that I wouldn’t want to be doing.
“It has really shocked everyone.”
The business, set up in 2005, is four miles from Heathrow Airport and offers a range of services from metal collection to recycling.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “A man has been charged with one count each of criminal damage, using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without third party insurance, and driving a motor vehicle otherwise in accordance with a licence.
“The charges are in connection with an incident that took place in which a man used an excavator to damage vehicles and buildings at Paynes Metal Recycling.”
Mark Green, 44, of Lower Road in Denham, appeared in Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday facing a number of charges following the incident.
The case was adjourned until June 7 for a trial at Reading Crown Court.